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The Cosmetic Victories Winners Revealed

The international competition recognizes innovation in the industrial and academic domains.

PARIS — The winning projects for The Cosmetic Victories awards were announced on Thursday morning here.

Chloé Guerin was granted the Industry Prize. The 21-year-old engineering student and her team created Zéo, an absorbent powder made of natural minerals that is billed to dry hair without a blow-dryer. The product is meant to be applied to damp hair, which is brushed and then dries in five minutes. Zoé needs no electricity for its use and is touted to not negatively affect hair fibers.

Éric Robert was the laureate of the Academic Prize. The 47-year-old director of research at France’s Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, or CNRS, was recognized for his project called PlasmaJets. It’s a plasma-based apparatus using cold beams for antiaging skin-care treatments.

Three projects for each category out of dozens made it to the final round of the international competition, which marked its second edition this year. It was run and backed by Cosmetic Valley, the business cluster of beauty companies based in the region of France near Chartres and Orléans, and ESSEC business school.

Each winner was given 10,000 euros to finance their project. They will also be granted a spot at Cosmetic 360, the Paris-based trade show put on by Cosmetic Valley, and support from the platform Cosmet’up, which is focused on accelerating innovative fragrance and cosmetics projects.

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The jury selecting the winners was made of 22 members, including Natalie Bader, Clarins brand president; Bruno Bavouzet, president of LVMH research; Julien Morel, executive director of ESSEC Ventures, and François Demachy, perfumer-creator at Parfums Christian Dior.

The Cosmetic Victories ceremony took place in the headquarters of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton on Avenue Montaigne.